Temperatures Plunge After Snowfall; Nor’easter May Be Coming Next Week

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Temperatures dropped dramatically late Friday after a blast of snow slapped the Tri-State Area.

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At 11 p.m., the temperature read 26 degrees with wind gusts around 20 mph. The temperatures were expected to continue dropping while wind gusts increased.

But regardless of the temperature, the wind chills will be brutal everywhere. At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the wind chill will make it feel like 9 degrees in the city, 8 in Sea Cliff and Bernardsville, 6 in Coram and Ossining, 5 in Andover and Westport, and 3 in Goshen.

Earlier in the morning, wind chills will be in the negative range many areas.

The temperature will remain below freezing all weekend. The forecast high for both Saturday and Sunday is 30 degrees.

The deep freeze followed a system that brought more than half an inch of snow for parts of the area.

As CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn reported, snowfall topped out at 7 inches in Montgomery; 6.5 inches in Eastport; 5.6 inches in Newtown, Connecticut; 4.6 inches in Montague, New Jersey; 2.1 inches in Central Park; and 1.8 inches in Barnegat, New Jersey.

“Please be careful out there,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who also urged drivers to “take it easy” on the evening commute home.

Some people weren’t too happy with this late winter storm.

“It’s crazy, that’s the only way I can put it,” West Nyack resident Frank Marazzo told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell. “I already put my snow blower away, I don’t want any more snow.”

“I think Mother Nature needs a good smack on the head,” one woman in Glen Cove told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria.

But others were just dealing with the snowy weather.

“It’s just winter in New York,” another man in Ardsley told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones.

The volatile March weather patterns are not over either. A nor’easter is expected to hit the area next week and could bring blizzard conditions and make the snow totals on Friday look like child’s play.

CBS2’s Quinn said it is too early for a radar picture to shape up. But early indications show an active weather system over Iowa and Minnesota, and a coastal low in the Gulf of Mexico, and a very big, significant snowstorm could be coming if those two systems converge somewhere between Raleigh and Atlanta.

Estimated snowfall totals are all over the place – with some models showing a mere 2.5 inches of snow falling and some showing 20. A rain-snow mix is also possible, particularly along the shoreline.

The snowfall is expected to begin late Monday and continue until early Wednesday.

Quinn outlined some preliminary snow total numbers for the Tuesday storm, which are intended not to scare, but only to inform.

The GFS model calls for 8.8 inches for the city, 11.2 for White Plains, 13.4 for Danbury, 13.7 for Sparta, 16.1 for Montgomery, and 20 for Monticello.

The European model calls for 15 inches for the city, 15.2 for Sparta and Coram, 16 for Danbury, and 16.5 for White Plains.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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